Armored Saint – Punching the Sky

There have been a great number of noteworthy heavy metal acts that have graced our ears over the decades with many receiving accolades and immortality from fans and critics alike, but some don’t get as much as they should even if it is a beyond respectable amount. Armored Saint has long been such a name as they’ve shared a good amount of success that’s lasted to this day, but it’s with their latest effort that they prove yet again why they deserve so much more.

I can’t think of any better way to perform the classic art that is heavy metal other than straight. Many will claim that the style has been done far too many times to the point where there really isn’t anything new or interesting to do, but that’s far from the truth. Heavy metal has and will always been something that stays relatively the same even if it changes hands for generations, but what’s important is that the spirit is there in every note. Armored Saint has always been an act that has that in absolute heaps, and I can’t think of a better presentation than what they’re giving us here with “Punching the Sky”. This is the sort of album that if it were to have come out thirty years ago, Armored Saint would’ve instantly been called contenders for the throne of heavy metal itself, and that effect is beyond potent even today. Overflowing with riffs and a tremendous spirit the likes of which time cannot put out, all of the eleven tracks that are on display here. Everything brought forth here shows us precisely what Armored Saint has been made of for decades now, and I honestly have a hard time thinking of any previous work of theirs that has drawn me in as wondrously as “Punching the Sky” has. It’s got the infectious sound that true masters wield effortlessly, the spirit that every qualified heavy metal band has in spades, and it has that power instantly work its way into your brain to be stuck inside your head for hours on end with more listening being the only remedy to be had. There’s nothing here that doesn’t earn the record a place on the must-hear list of every heavy metal fan in the world, and I expect to see every fucking one of you jamming out to it the day it’s released!

Anyone who will argue that this album is boring because it’s not doing anything different simply does not get it. You don’t need to be new and fancy in order to succeed in the world of heavy metal, and it’s with every inch of “Punching the Sky” that Armored Saint proves that better than any other classic act in recent memory that I can think of.

“Punching the Sky” releases on October 23rd via Metal Blade Records!

PRE-ORDER “Punching the Sky” via multiple sources here.

LISTEN to singles from “Punching the Sky” on Bandcamp here.

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